which do you prefer and why? 2 rack toms 1 floor tom...or...1 rack tom 2 floor toms?
Thats the same setup I started with back in the '80s. Then came to find out that 6 toms was way too many on my next kit, and 4 was still too many on the kit after that. Too much confusion! But three seems to be just right. 1 up 1 down's pretty happening, too. I just miss the two floors with that setup, otherwise I'd probably favor it.I started drums a long time ago with the usual setup (12 , 13, 16) and I always have been having a hard time without the 2nd tom there. so , for me, it it 2 up and 1 down or my fav being 2 up and 2 down.
Huh, I never really had any problems reaching the second floor tom.I find that 2 down is a pain in the arse. More to lug around, and that second floor tom is all but out of reach to the left hand.
I’m eternally surprised to see drummers set up with almost everything on their right side. And almost everybody does it, as is obvious from all the pictures around here. But everything over to one side is just way too physically limiting, methinks. I much prefer a (semi-)symmetrical kit where both hands have easy access to everything.
I agree with this - I've tried putting things to the left of the hi hat and always felt getting over to that side was more awkward that beneficial. Also, yeah, there are ways to reposition the hi hat to center it on the kit, and that makes sense, too, from a left-right access / cross over elimination POV, but then tom locations have to change which breaks up the flow of the toms so it's just not worth it for me.I think the reason people don't put much on the left is the hi-hat. For most players with a traditional hi-hat position, it is higher than the snare and in the way for smooth movements to the left. I have used a floor tom to the left of the hi hat, and personally I had more trouble using it than I did a second floor tom on the right.
It can work, of course, and there are other ways to position the hats, but in the end I don't think most drummers figure it's worth it.